Postgame Quotes

Nov. 14, 2011

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K-State Quotes
Head Coach Frank Martin
On the improvement of Thomas Gipson…
“That is how Thomas (Gipson) has practiced for us for the past five weeks. Like all young kids, he got comfortable. Jordan (Henriquez) and Adrian (Diaz) just do not possess the physicality to deal with him in practice so he just gets comfortable. Jamar (Samuels) goes after him hard and that keeps him zoned in on what he needs to do. He needs to understand that is the aggression he needs to play with to be good. Some guys can jog around and make the game look easy, but others cannot do that. It does not mean that you are not gifted; some guys just have to play with a certain aggression. Gipson just needs to understand that he needs to play with that aggression.”

On the second half adjustment for Will Spradling…
“Point guards do not play at the half court line, and he should know better than that. However, we tend to forget that he is a sophomore. He is embracing new responsibilities. I told him at halftime that good players do not have zeros on their stat line. I am not into stats and stuff, but when good players play in a game, they never have zeros. They impact the game somehow, and he had nothing but zeros. The only thing he had was a two for field goals attempted. We brought that up at halftime and told him that he could not do that for our team. To his credit, he did not cry and he did not pout. He went out there and played with a bloody lip the whole second half and scored 15 points. He has to learn to play with that aggression. It is what our team needs.”

On the large amount of fouls committed…
“The fouls were awful. I thought in the first half that we really, really defended. We practiced very well coming in. We were very sharp in our shoot-around today, and defensively we were where we needed to be. We were enthusiastic and did not commit the silly fouls. They (Loyola) have got some big guys and some grown men, and they went to them to put some fouls on us in the first half and that is part of the deal. A couple of times we made some mistakes by playing behind in the post. There is one thing that we are trying to get better at as a team this year, and that is to not commit a lot of those silly fouls. It was disappointing to see us do that in the second half because a majority of them were lazy fouls.”

On the current progress of the team as a whole…
“I am extremely proud of our guys. We have two guys that are established starters in our program and did not play tonight. Instead we are playing with sophomores and freshmen. We are asking them to play our style of basketball with guys that do not have complete knowledge of that yet. It was not pretty. It was not great. We were in a tough moment, but we were disciplined enough to make plays. It is watching guys making plays to win games in a difficult moment. I do not care who you play, at the end of the day you have to make the plays to win the game. The only way to learn to do that is put your kids in those kind of moments, and that is what we did.”

On the learning curve of the team…
“Some are there. Some are not there. Everybody is different. We all expect everybody to react the same way, but it does not work that way. We even have some upperclassmen that are behind the curve right now. The last two games, Jordan Henriquez has had some silly breakdowns on some things that we never do. We have to get past those moments. There is only one way to get better, and that is those guys out there having to make plays and getting better.”

Sophomore Guard Will Spradling
On his second half improvement…
“(Coach) Frank (Martin) got into me at halftime. He wrote my stats on the board and told me that I had not done anything because I had zeros all the way across. He let me know that I was supposed to be one of our main scorers and our leaders. He told me to go ahead and keep shooting and not to hesitate. ”

On his lack of production in the first half…
“It has happened to me before so it did not really faze me at all.”

On Loyola Chicago…
“They are not a bad team; they beat Butler the last two years they played them. A win is a win and at the end of the year people are not going to worry about how bad we beat them. If we would have lost, they would have worried about it, but a win is a win.”

On having Jamar Samuels back on the court next game…
“He is a senior and we only have two of those. It will be nice to have him back. He had a big impact on us this summer. He has been getting onto us in practice. He is really going to help the bigs inside.”

Junior Forward Rodney McGruder
On the team improving…
“I thought we took a step forward tonight. That started with our last practices; we brought a lot of intensity and we just wanted to get better. We saw that from everyone on the team, and that helped coming into the game tonight. ”

On Freshman Thomas Gipson’s performance…
“Frank has just been on him and pushing him. He has been telling him that he just needs to play like he did in the exhibition game. We saw a lot of him tonight. He played hard and he worked for what he got tonight.”

On having a week to prepare for Maryland-Eastern Shore…
“I would rather play in games, but you have to practice to get better. Practice is where it starts. I think we will stress the key defensive things that we need. We need to press each other in practice, work on our defense and just get better. We also need to become more fluent with our offense. We only have a couple days to prepare for Maryland-Eastern Shore.”

Loyola Chicago Quotes
Head Coach Porter Moser
Opening Statement…
“Give Kansas State credit, they do what a Frank Martin team does. They make every possession hard for you. I was proud of our guys and how they handled that. That is a weakness of ours, our shortness of guards. We fought through it and gave ourselves a chance when we guarded for 32 minutes. I thought (Will) Spradling got loose for seven points. I thought that is what opened it up. He hit big shots like he does. He did that the game before in the second half as well. Then our inability to rebound, with their size in there, they picked up a number of balls when they were tipping around in there.”

On how tough Thomas Gipson was…
“He is very physical, he has that big torso and he knows how to use it. He has soft hands and a soft touch. I think he is going to be a very good player for them and he knows how to get angles. But their starting four and five had ten offensive rebounds. I venture to say that most of them converted as well, and I am sure there were some and-ones as well. “